Cath News report: The 2010 Australasian Catholic Press Association Annual Awards for Excellence were presented in Hobart last night, honouring the best in Catholic media across Australia and The Pacific over the past year.
Wel-Com, a publication of the Dioceses of Wellington and Palmerston North NZ, took the prize for Best News for its Dec 2009 story, "Marae reintegration programme at risk", by Cecily McNeill, according to a media statement.
Judges said it reported a current news event "highlighting a successful community program that, because of the way it is funded, fights for its continued existence each year. The emphasis of personal stories in the piece balances well with the necessary facts and figures to create a far greater emotional connection with the reader".
The Best Feature Story prize went to the Archdiocese of Melbourne's Kairos Catholic Journal, for a priece by Tony Gee titled "Breaking silence on suicide", as "a splendid piece of writing about an extremely sensitive subject".
This year's Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Prize for a Newspaper went to The Sandpiper, the official publication for the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst, while the same award for a magazine went to the Tui Motu InterIslands independent New Zealand publication.
"If the Sandpiper were a boxer you could say it fighting very much above it weight; and it is doing so with the obvious contribution of the wider community - one editor could not do this all by themselves," the judges commented. "The Sandpiper is a worthy winner."